Filed Under (All Products, All Applications, IPEVO, Kaleido R7, S0-20) by ipevoblog on 2010-07-18
Summer is here, and our thoughts drift to nature and the outdoors. That’s why we decided it’s a great time to share with you some pictures of the IPEVO offices.
Huh? The outdoors and a busy company office? They don’t quite seem to go together. But as you’ll see, IPEVO was designed with plenty of inspiration from Mother Nature.
In the words of one reviewer, “The IPEVO workplace is unique to say the least.” Several walls are made of sod-like bricks of dried grass! In addition to being a remarkable feature in its own right, this material really says “IPEVO,” and not just because of the color green. The creative people behind our products take inspiration from nature. After all, there’s no better designer! There’s a design principle that dictates that “form follows function,” that the shape of something should relate to what it does. While that principle may not apply in each and every case, it’s a great guideline. We believe that how a product looks and feels should have some organic relationship to what it’s meant to do. That’s why taking design cues from nature can often be valuable.
Another design trend that shapes our products is the idea of multifunctionality. One device, many uses. Just look at our S0-20 Wi-Fi Phone for Skype, which puts all the features of Skype into a small phone you can take anywhere to call all over the world. Or how about the Kaleido R7 Digital Frame, which can display pictures from just about any source. Our office’s multifunction equivalent is a “central park” area that serves multiple roles, from foyer to promenade to discussion lounge. There’s always a buzz of activity.
And that brings us to another aspect of IPEVO offices: sustainable design. Having an open plan and multiple-function areas is all about maximizing space and avoiding waste. This principle relates back to the dried grass walls as well as recycled camphor, the latter of which is used for the trunks of a couple funky “tree-tables” you can see in the pictures. These are among the sustainable materials used in the office that minimize any impact on the environment. The concept of sustainability is important to us, and it’s reflected in our office and in our products, which are packaged in earth-friendly ways with plain craft paper boxes instead of a lot of plastic or multi-color, high-gloss graphics.
Product design, office architecture, and company philosophy—who knew it could all fit together so nicely? But to borrow a modern phrase, that’s just how we roll. We hope you’ve enjoyed this tour of our urban wonderland, the IPEVO offices.